Volkswagen said it could turn out one million battery-only electric cars, such as its upcoming ID.3, by 2023, instead of the earlier 2025.
Volkswagen ID. 3. (Image source: Volkswagen)
Automaker Volkswagen is accelerating its move into battery-powered cars, saying it will reach its goal of 1 million electric cars per year two years earlier than planned. The announcement came as European automakers are under pressure to meet lower emissions limits aimed at fighting global warming. The Wolfsburg-based automaker said its core Volkswagen brand would turn out a million battery-only cars by the end of 2023 instead of 2025, and would reach 1.5 million by the end of 2025. Those numbers are a stark contrast to this year’s production of more than 70,000 e-autos and last year’s 50,000.
Volkswagen is planning to raise its production and sales numbers by introducing the ID.3, a battery model the company says will have the low price and longer range needed to transform such cars from a niche product to one with mass acceptance. The ID.3 base model will cost under 30,000 euros (USD 33,500) and travel 330 to 550 kilometres (205 to 340 miles) on a single charge. European carmakers must meet tougher limits on fleet average emissions of carbon dioxide from 2021 or face heavy fines. Analysts and carmakers say the only way they can do that is by significantly increasing their sales of electrics. Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas blamed by scientists for global warming.